As the 2021 season is coming to a close, it is time to look ahead to April’s NFL Draft. The Baltimore Ravens have a projected 10 draft picks in this upcoming draft and must put them to good use.
ROUND 1 PICK 16: NICHOLAS PETIT-FRERE, OT, OHIO STATE
The Ravens head into the 2022 season with uncertainty on the offensive line. They are set to lose Alejandro Villanueva, who did not live up to expectations in 2021. They also have Ronnie Stanley coming off back-to-back season ending ankle surgery and JuJuan James who has not played 10+ games since 2019. Nicholas Petit-Frere has experience both at left and right tackle as a technically sound player who can also count on above-average athleticism. This 6-foot-5, 315 pound lineman can be a huge addition for the pass game as well as the run game in 2022.
ROUND 2 PICK 47: MYJAI SANDERS, EDGE, CINCINNATI
Baltimore will need some youth when it comes to edge rushers. The Ravens look to be losing both Calais Campbell and Justin Houston after 2021 so Myjai Sanders could be a perfect fit who could see immediate opportunities. Sanders comes in at 6-foot 5 so he would be another lengthly piece on this Baltimore defensive line to pair with Odafe Oweh.
ROUND 3 PICK 78: KYLER GORDON, CB, WASHINGTON
Kyler Gordon is a very athletic corner who excels in zone coverage and is an excellent tackler. The one phase will need to improve is his man coverage as he lets his eyes take him out of position at times. However, in Baltimore he will have both Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters to learn from every day. With Peters coming off an ACL injury and the Ravens losing Anthony Averett, the Ravens will need another promising cornerback in this years draft an Gordon looks like the answer in this spot.
ROUND 3 PICK 102: QUAY WALKER, LB, GEORGIA
Ravens defensive coordinator, Don Martindale, likes to have at his disposal athletic chess pieces able to put the opposition’s offenses in complete chaos. Quay Walker is just that. He is a work in progress, but with his athletic ability and tons of potential, Walker makes too much sense here to pass on him.
ROUND 3 PICK 107: MATTHEW BUTLER, DL, TENNESSEE
Starting defensive tackle Brandon Williams is another starter who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2021 season, that’s why the Ravens could set their eyes on the Tennessee product Matthew Butler with their third, third-round pick. Butler is a bit under sized, but could be a good asset to this Ravens front if he can continue to develop.
ROUND 4 PICK 118: JERMAINE WALLER, CB, VIRGINIA TECH
With a surplus of fourth round picks, the Ravens will look to add depth to the main positions with chances of finding a diamond in the rough. Adding another athletic young corner in Jermaine Waller will add depth to a unit that was depleted in 2021.
ROUND 4 PICK 126: TYLER BADIE, RB, MISSOURI
The Ravens will be welcoming back J.K Dobbins and Gus Edwards in 2022, but as we saw in 2021, injuries can deplete a position quickly. Adding another option in Tyler Badie can only help this team moving forward. Badie’s running style fits Baltimore’s offense and he could be an asset when he needed.
ROUND 4 PICK 137: BRAXTON JONES, OT, SOUTHERN UTAH
Braxton Jones will take some time to be ready to start in the NFL. He comes in at 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds so there is plenty of potential. If there is a team that could make him a viable starter in the future, its the Baltimore Ravens.
ROUND 4 PICK 138: NICK CROSS, S, MARYLAND
Safety DeShon Elliott set to become free agent at the end of the season, and the Ravens could ultimately not have enough money available to give him a new contract. Therefore, Baltimore could be forced to move on and have to add another safety in Nick Cross.
ROUND 6 PICK 194: MICAH MCFADDEN, LB, INDIANA
Another work in progress, but the talent is there. Let him develop in Baltimore and see what he can turn into. He was voted Indiana’s best defensive player in 2020 so there is plenty of potential to work with.
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